10 May 2008

A Garland for Linda

One of my bestest friends who is studying at Reading University had just finished her final exam, she decided to celebrate by coming down to London to visit me. Knowing that she was the ultimate Beatles fan I decided to take her along to the Linda McCartney Photographs exhibit at the James Hyman Gallery on 5 Savile Row. Some of you may recognize the location due to the close proximity of it to Abercrombie and Fitch store, one of my favorite stores in London because of its ultra cool and energetic interior.

So back to McCartney Photos, the gallery was curiously placed underground, with stairs leading to two very simply sized rooms where the platinum prints hung. There are about 25 prints or so on the wall featuring portraits of Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, Muhammed Ali, and Mick Jagger.

The highlight photographs to me was a photograph of Linda McCartney in the Francis Bacon Studio and all of the Paul McCartney portraits in Jamaica and other exotic locations. But the one photograph that really hit home had to be the one of John Lennon and Paul McCartney at the recording studio, working together. It was evident that there was such great chemistry between them while they were writing lyrics.

Overall you get a real sense of Linda McCartney's personality and elegance by looking at her prints. her work is poetic and intimate. she portrayed honest glimpses of the stars with great sensitivity.

And if that doesn't do it for you , just walk up the road to the Abercrombie and Fitch store to take a pic with the eye-candy at the entrance.

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